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Baptist World Alliance
A voluntary and fraternal world association of Baptists founded in 1905 to show, according to its constitution, “the essential oneness of Baptist people in the Lord, to impart inspiration to the brotherhood, and to promote the spirit of fellowship, service and co-operation among its members.” The alliance serves as an agent of communication between Baptists (in 1970 it represented just over twenty-three million in twenty-five countries), a forum for study and discussion, a channel for relief and mutual help, a vigilant force for safeguarding religious liberty, and a sponsor of gatherings for the spread of the Gospel. A Baptist World Congress and a World Conference for Baptist Youth are held every five years. The women's department organizes an annual Baptist Women's Day of Prayer. Between meetings the work of the Congress is carried on by an executive meeting annually, with six continents represented in its membership, and by a series of study commissions on such subjects as Christian teaching and training, evangelism and missions, Baptist doctrine, religious liberty, and human rights and cooperative Christianity.